From the Morganton News Herald

The North Carolina Supreme Court will be at the Old Burke County Courthouse on Monday.

The court will hear two cases during their only session in Morganton.

Ed Phillips, director of Burke County Tourism Development Authority, said there are still around 30 to 40 tickets to the session available. Those who want the free tickets will have to pick them up in person from the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, located at 110 Meeting St. in Morganton, he said.

Those picking up tickets have to give the name, address and phone number for each person holding a ticket, Phillips said. That is a security issue, he said. That has to be shown when the tickets are picked up. If one person picks up several tickets, they have to have the name, address and phone number for each person.

Court will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor courtroom of the old courthouse. There will be a 30 -minute break between the first case and the second case, which will begin at 11 a.m., according to information from the state Supreme Court.

The cases being heard on Monday will be Morrell, et al. v. Hardin Creek Inc., which is a case out of Watauga County, according to court records. The other case is State v. Felix Ricardo Saldierna, which is a case from Mecklenburg County, records show.

The Morganton session is part of its bicentennial celebration, which also will include a session in Hendersonville on Tuesday and one in Asheville on Wednesday, according to information from the court. 

“The Supreme Court is celebrating its 200th anniversary next year in 2019, and as part of the celebration we’re bringing the court to the people,” said Chief Justice Mark Martin.

In addition to Martin, the court has six associate justices, one of which is Morganton native and resident Samuel “Jimmy” Ervin IV.

Under state law, the Supreme Court can meet in only two other cities outside of Raleigh — Edenton and Morganton. The General Assembly granted the Supreme Court’s request to allow the justices to hold sessions in cities across the state during the court’s 2018-20 bicentennial celebration, according to information from the court.

Later this fall, the court also will hold sessions in Halifax, Greenville and New Bern.

Historically, the North Carolina Supreme Court held monthly sessions in Morganton starting in 1847 until 1861, when tensions preceding the Civil War prevented the court from leaving its permanent home in the state capital, Martin has said previously.

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